It seems to me that working monochrome may be a little more challenging, because it’s texture, shape or structure which need/s to make a piece stand out/interesting.
I am not sure if my assumption is right, but I have noticed people who like/wear/buy felt often like colour very much. Also, felt which is with a lot of pattern and colour seems to be very popular. As I gravitate more towards simple and less colourful look I sometimes wonder if there is a market for such felt.
I work with felt because it’s a natural material, if it was eg. acrylic I wouldn’t. To me natural materials, fibres, wood, stone etc. have inherent beauty, they are beautiful even in their pre-processing form.
I have made the two felted bowls as samples for a felting class. I didn’t expect I would enjoy teaching so much, plus it is helping me to look at felt from a different angle and most of all get back to felt making after my detours to other techniques.
It’s nice to felt again. I have been felting Christmas presents so can’t show more, but they are all little objects where I am exploring texture, colour and combination of both.
I wonder – do you associate handmade felt with colour? Is it one of the strengths of handmade woollen felt – the possibility to make a very colourful cloth? Or does it’s beauty lie in the material itself, the fact that wool is a natural and rather luxurious material? I would very much love to know what you think!
after I sewed up this cushion cover and put on the sofa, I couldn’t help but giggle
it’s made of Teeswater fibre felted into merino base and backed with linen/cotton fabric
the fact that it was felted quite a while ago and stored flat made the curls go a bit wild,
if the fibres were still wet I could shape them better and tidy the look, but
I am now using it anyway to test it’s durability and also to see if and how much the fibres will mat
our younger daughter has already placed an order
finished chunky snood in white, over dyed
with onion skins + jacket in making, cut from Harris Tweed (fabric is a gift from lovely Highland Fairy)
It will soon be 6 years since I went on-line. At that time my interest was contemporary embroidery and mixed media. After being introduced to feltmaking I had spent several years doing just that, learning all about fibres, possibilities of their manipulation, dyeing with natural and man made dyes and then eco printing with plants. I have always had a tendency to make pieces which can be used and worn. I learned basics of spinning and weaving and have gone back to my very first and probably biggest love, sewing. Sometimes I wonder who I am – craft-wise. Understanding of this I feel can help me to define better where I want to direct my energy in the days to come.
So far my creative process have been rather spontaneous. I would study and learn a new technique, experiment and from the results create one or more pieces, put in my shop and then move on to something else or combine newly learned skill with previous ones. It would often involve lots of searching and learning, a lot of sampling, buying new materials, books.
And now I more and more feel the need to change the whole concept of what I do and how I work. I am not sure exactly how but I think I have a rough idea where I would like to get at the end. Right now it’s waiting for more light so that contours become sharper.
On a practical side, I am going to do some research and keep my hands busy with sewing, felting and knitting. Julia, do you recognize this yarn?